Alumni of the Month October 2010 Mike M

I arrived at Last Door lonely, lost and not knowing what to do with myself, all I had was my set of golf clubs.   I had been clean for close to a year and a half but I had only abstained from using and continued to live in the behaviours I had learned in my addiction.  Without a program of recovery I arrived at Last Door; it was evident that the way I was doing things wasn’t working. I had isolated myself from my family and the people who cared about me most.

While I lived at Last door I made some great friends, laughed and did some much needed work around the damage I had caused through my addiction and early recovery. The work I did, based on Last Door’s Programs and going to meetings brought me freedom from the way I felt.  I learned that recovery is about having fun, laughing and spending time with my family and friends. My favourite times were spent in the famous Last Door kitchen cooking dinner, and when I volunteered as night staff for a bit.  These were great experiences and I learned lots about working with others. I’m grateful that I went through Last Door when I did, because it saved my life and brought me back to reality.

Today I still live in Recovery, I come around Last Door as much as I can because it is was the alumni before me that gave me the hope that it was all going to work out. I’m also exploring the options of post secondary school that are opening up to me now that I’m clean. Also I’m living in the gifts of recovery which are spending time with my family and friends on a regular basis. The best part of it all is that I can look at myself and don’t feel lost, lonely and know I have purpose and direction in my life today.Mike M